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The bar was set high during last Thursday’s 11th annual Job Fair, sponsored by Madera County Workforce Assistance Center, where 90 jobseekers took the opportunity to meet with area employers, all looking to hire. Even Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler stopped by, chatting with organizers, employers, and attendees. He said he was impressed with the number of those hiring and those looking for work.

“This year set a record for us. There were 25 employers looking for employees,” Business Specialist Jorge Espinosa said. “In past years, we’ve averaged 15 or 16 employers, so I believe this is a sign of economic recovery.”

Jobseeker Josh Trayer hasn’t worked for about a year, and hoped to land a job in hospitality. Heather Wilbour is returning to employment after taking six months to be a stay-at-home mom. She said she’s applying for anything and everything she possibly can, adding, “I can do anything from clerical all the way down to housekeeping.”

Helen Toole has been working with Jasna Hendershott, Career Specialist in the Workforce Oakhurst office, off and on since 2013. She’s now attending college part-time taking business courses.

“I’m looking for work in customer service, or as an administrative assistant,” Toole said. “It’s great that there are so many employers here ... I definitely came prepared with several copies of my resume.”

“It’s so important to hold these type of events,” Hendershott explained. “It helps the community become more aware of the services and programs that Workforce offers to both employers and jobseekers.”

For those jobseekers unable to attend last week’s job fair, the following is a partial listing of employers and open positions.

* Medical: Camarena Health is looking for front support receptionist and medical assistant. Hinds Hospice has openings for RNs, LVNs, social workers, drivers and administration. Apply online at 222.hindshospice.org/join-our-team.html. Oakhurst Healthcare & Wellness Centre is looking for licensed LVNs, CNAs, housekeepers, and a dietitican. Stop by the facility for an application, or email resumes to administrator@oakhursthc.com.

* Hospitality: Sugar Pine Christian Camp has two summer positions, both full-time, a facilities technician and a dining shift manager. Visit www.sugarpine.org or call (559) 683-4938. Pines Resort has several openings in the food and bar arena, as well as culinary and housekeeping. Interested applicants can stop by the front desk and ask for an application, or go online at www.basslake.com to download an app.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks need line cooks/housekeepers, front desk staff, and a cashier in Cedar Grove ( www.visitsequoia.com). Discover Yosemite is looking for tour drivers with a class B license with passenger endorsement, plus two years experience. They also have a part-time office position in marketing, answering phones and booking tours. Call the office, (559) 642-4400, or Koki, (559) 760-7522.

Tenaya Lodge has a variety of openings in hospitality and front desk staff. Apply online at tenayalodge.com/jobs. They will hold a job fair, 5-7 p.m., March 16. Narrow Gauge Inn and Sierra Sky Ranch hope to fill a variety of positions within the hospitality field. They will also hold a Job Fair, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., March 19-20, at Sierra Sky Ranch. Applications will be taken and interviews will be conducted. For information, call Marlo Burghardt, (559) 683-7720.

Forks Bass Lake has seven positions available, including kitchen, deli staff, cooks, housekeeping and marina workers. Jobseekers can download an application and call (559) 642-3737 for an interview. The Redwoods in Yosemite hopes to fill a front desk/reservation position; call the office for an application, (209) 375-6670. Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is looking to fill a number of positions. Apply online at www.chukchansigold.com. Once you have applied, contact Human Resources, (559) 692-5293.

* Other: The Community Action Partnership of Madera County has several open positions, including accounting, administration, associate teachers, instructional aides, and professional development coach. Visit www.maderacap.org for details. Ahwahnee Heating & Air Conditioning needs a HVAC installer/service technician. Stop by the office (44916 Notre Dame Lane) with a resume or to pick up an application. State Center College District has many open positions. Visit their website at scccd.edu for details. Madera County Sheriff has 10 positions available. Visit MADERA-COUNTY.COM for information. Sierra Tel has several technician openings, see www.sierratel.com/employment/ for job descriptions. Plexus Worldwide, which sells diet and health products, is looking for sales representatives; contact Cherie Bugg at (559) 760-9412.

About Workforce

The Workforce Assistance Center, located at 40325 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, as well as the main office located in Madera at 441 E. Yosemite Avenue, assists workers through retraining and job placement. Services include job skills assessment and development, career coaching, vocational and On-the Job training, services to individuals with disabilities, as well as assistance in obtaining a GED.

Workforce will host another Job Fair in Madera, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the Madera District Fair Hatfield Hall, 1850 Cleveland Avenue. So far, 54 employers with job openings are planning to participate.

Career Specialist Jasna Hendershott can be reached in the Oakhurst office at (559) 683-6263, ext. 207. Job seekers can also visit maderaworkforce.org for additional information.

The Madera County Workforce Assistance Center expressed their appreciation to Vons, Raley’s and Starbucks for their contributions to the Oakhurst event.

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